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Poster: csaw44 Date: May 13, 2009 7:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: What's Your Opinion?

favorite acoustic set of 69/70?

i would choose 12/26/69

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 13, 2009 11:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: acoustic sets

9/20/70 is easily my favorite - but closely followed by 8/18/70. I prefer the later '70 acoustic shows when more new, reflective songs had been added to the setlists. The May sets have the banter & rowdiness, but the last acoustic sets have a deeper feeling.

The earliest acoustic sets are interesting since they seem somewhat accidental and aren't separate 'sets' - they also continue the country-covers feel of June/July '69, when Jerry would break out the pedal steel for a little country section of the show - usually Slewfoot, Silver Threads & Green Grass of Home, occasionally a couple others. (They even do a little country medley on 12/31/69 to bring in the new year.) So there's a straight line of continuity from that to the first acoustic portion on 12/19/69, when Bob & Jerry shift more to folk-songs that would suit acoustics better.

Special mention should also be made of 8/5/70, despite poor sound, since it was an all-acoustic show.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-08-05.sbd.jupile.17271.sbeok.shnf
(There's also a short set from 7/30/70 that's actually a Dead acoustic mini-set at a New Riders show!)
There are some other all-acoustic shows that are unknown since they weren't recorded - for instance if you check deadlists, you can see an amazing-looking show on 6/11/69, billed as "Bobby Ace and His Cards from the Bottom of the Deck", where they do almost all covers of country songs, Everly Brothers, and even the Beatles!
They also did a run of shows at the Family Dog under the same name, on April 17-19, 1970, which look like all-acoustic shows, but with twice the number of songs they were doing in their normal acoustic sets - Pigpen seems to get five songs in a row, judging by the setlists!

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Poster: veblen Date: May 14, 2009 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 70-08-05---Golden Hall San Diego...

so light into ashes you are so correct on 70-08-05 Golden Hall, San Diego...I was going through my 70 shows and just put it on and it is another worthy acoustic show...the addition of nelson on mandolin and the setlist make it appealing and a little different...

after spending more than a few nights in the real rose's I especially like the acoustic el paso...

the quality isn't the best but it is certainly listenable...

btw: it was dick's favorite acoustic set or at least that is what his notes say:

http://www.dicklatvala.com/notebooks/pages/700805notes.jpg

though dick's notes state garcia is on mandolin...

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 14, 2009 7:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: acoustic sets

Whoa...did not know all that about the summer of 69 shows...makes you realize Bob's antics with Dawson and his studio and such had a much earlier start.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: May 14, 2009 3:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

I think 5-1-70 is the best set, however I also love 12-26-69. I think the spontaneity of it given the circumstances makes it so interesting to listen to. I also love "Gathering Flowers For The Masters Bouquet" and given how good it sounds am left wondering why they never did it again.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: May 13, 2009 8:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-05-01.sbd.miller.95683.sbeok.flac16
http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-07.aud.weiner-gdADT04.5439.sbefail.shnf

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: May 14, 2009 5:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

I'll second the love for 5/1 and 9/20, but the first set of 8/19 is almost criminally overlooked. Could that have anything to do with the fact that it only circulates as a listenable (read: not great, not awful) audience source? Hmmmmmm....

Anyway, check out Pig's upright piano on a few tunes, esp. on "New Speedway" and "Truckin'"

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-08-19.aud.taback.cdjones.81775.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: veblen Date: May 14, 2009 6:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

THANKS skuzzlebutt!!!

I am one that overlooks 70-08-19 but it stacks up very well and it is sounding sweet at the moment...

as you note pig on upright is an added plus...you can tell he is having a blast...actually you tell the entire band is enjoying the acoustic sets...

I am enjoying going through all of the sets again as well...

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Poster: Morning Dewd Date: May 13, 2009 7:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

This one
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-05-01.sbd.miller.95683.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: May 13, 2009 10:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

Wow, thanks. This is unbelievable.

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Poster: csaw44 Date: May 13, 2009 8:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

that is one of the best sounding acoustic sets i've heard from the era, good choice ;)

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 13, 2009 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

We've covered this a lot, but my current favs are 5-1-70, 6-7-70, and 9-20-70 (semi acoustic as Bob would say). Other dates in May, along with those in Feb are worth listing as well.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: May 14, 2009 6:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

I would have to agree on the McFalin Hall show at SMU on 12.26.69.

Please check out the Black Peter. You won't be disappointed.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: May 13, 2009 8:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

Absolutely love this one, for the playing, the setlist, and the weird overall vibe (considering the circumstances):

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-01-31.sbd.cotsman.7045.sbefail.shnf

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Poster: veblen Date: May 13, 2009 11:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

yes, 70-01-31 in NO would have been an interesting show to have attended with the arrest, tech problems and the bye-bye to TC.

knowing the background and that it wasn't a planned acoustic set makes it even more special to me.

I love the Black Peter and pigpen sings his heart out in katie mae...

it could be the george jones show since they play two songs written by him: old, old house (bound in memories) and seasons of my heart...and three if you include the race is on which of course was performed by jones...

plus there only mel tillis cover: sawmill...

btw: the smu (69-12-26) acoustic set wasn't planned either but they weren't busted in the big-D...just never played there enough or they would have been...


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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: May 14, 2009 5:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's Your Opinion?

I'll second the love for 5/1 and 9/20, but the first set of 8/19 is almost criminally overlooked. Could that have anything to do with the fact that it only circulates as a listenable (read: not great, not awful) audience source? Hmmmmmm....

Anyway, check out Pig's upright piano on "New Speedway" and "Truckin'"

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-08-19.aud.taback.cdjones.81775.sbeok.flac16